Local Region

Tallong

Tallong is on the boundary of the Southern Highlands and the Southern Tablelands in New South Wales. Tallong was named after an Aboriginal word for either ‘tongue’ or ‘spring of water.’ The Tallong district is located on the northern side of the Shoalhaven River on the outside of an elbow point known as the Tallong Bend. Here, the river alters its northerly course and flows eastward to the coast.

Tallong offers open spaces, fresh air and expanses of bushland scenery. Two National Parks and Wildlife Service lookouts, Badgery’s Lookout and Long Point Lookout, provide picnic and camping areas with toilets and fireplaces. From Badgery’s Lookout can be seen the rock feature known as the Dungeon Walls, featured on the cover of the local book, Tallong: A Heritage, and panoramic views to the south and east. Long Point Lookout offers spectacular views of the western part of the Shoalhaven Gorge and gives access to the Shoalhaven river bed via marked walking trails requiring a high level of fitness.

More details are available from:

http://www.tallong.com.au/about_2.html

http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/Tallong

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tallong

Marulan
Marulan is located on the 150 degree East meridian and as such the sun rises and sets at exactly 6 am and 6 pm every equinox. Since 1985 the Hume Highway has bypassed the town but today it features historic buildings and an expanding population with the development of two hard rock quarries in the region.  The historic buildings in the town are listed in http://www.igoulburn.com/site/files/ul/data_text12/2448956.pdf and can easily be visited on a walking tour.

For more details and features you can go to the following website:

http://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/marulan-nsw

Morton National Park
Morton National Park is one of the largest National Parks in NSW and extends into the Tallong Region with spectacular views into the Shoalhaven River valley from Badgery’s and Longpoint Lookouts. There are also a number of hiking trails which take in the valley.

For more details go to:

http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/Morton-National-Park

Apple Day
The Chatsbury Bushfires of 1965 virtually wiped out the fruit growing industry in the Tallong region. However, to celebrate the heritage of apple growing in the area an annual Festival is held annually on the first Sunday in May. The Festival still features many apple products, market stalls, demonstrations of local art and craft, country music, competitions and plenty of activities for young and old alike.

For more details please go to the following website:

http://www.tallong.com.au/tallong_apple_day_festiva_12.html

 

Climate

Rainfall

Some observers have been collecting weather data over the years, but the main measure has been rainfall.  However, since 2011, an automatic weather station has provided more detailed information on temperatures, wind speeds and directions with data collected every 15 minutes. These data and other information from around the Tallong region have been compiled into a climatological analysis and the report can be viewed as three sequential files by clicking below:

Weather in the Tallong Region-1-25
Weather in the Tallong Region-26-40
Weather in the Tallong Region-41-58

Temperatures during January 2017 were well above average which can be seen in the spreadsheet below:

Temperature data 2016-2017

Rainfall data taken from daily readings of a rain gauge at 0900 LST are seen below:

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July August Sept Oct Nov Dec Total
2006 118.2 48.8 45.8 1.0 34.6 82.9 59.6 24.9 24.0 1.0 30.0 50.9 521.7
2007 10.1 173.3 62.5 23.7 22.2 268.7 30.8 31.7 24.7 49.7 157.0 88.9 943.3
2008 67.5 139.1 29.8 38.8 11.9 49.8 35.9 37.4 43.9 83.9 42.5 88.2 668.7
2009 39.0 66.0 23.8 89.2 50.7 24.3 19.8 13.6 33.2 57.5 42.1 80.3 539.5
2010 73.1 138.4 46.8 15.8 70.0 21.4 38.6 52.1 43.1 41.3 105.3 194.7 840.5
2011 35.8 97.5 71.5 36.6 44.9 74.9 39.7 58.5 44.7 55.2 87.1 45.9 692.3
2012 57.3 185.1 202.4 51.4 16.5 65.7 26.3 18.9 25.9 34.0 32.1 48.0 763.6
2013 74.3 211.4 48.6 56.6 35.0 239.6 25.8 6.7 60.4 25.9 55.4 26.9 866.6
2014 13.0 75.2 131.0 39.4 28.6 40.5 6.9 196.9 34.2 45.1 13.5 247.1 871.4
2015 160.9 52.1 25.7 116.4 31.7 50.8 50.4 179.1 27.1 39.0 38.9 21.8 793.9
2016 126.0 17.8 33.6 19.9 31.9 225.0 59.0 55.8 64.3 40.7 65.0 67.5 806.5
Mean 70.5 109.5 65.6 44.4 34.4 104.0 35.7 61.4 38.7 43.0 60.8 87.3
Median 67.5 97.5 46.8 38.8 31.9 65.7 35.9 37.4 34.2 41.3 42.5 67.5
Maximum 160.9 211.4 202.4 116.4 70.0 268.7 59.6 196.9 60.4 83.9 157.0 247.1
Date 2015 2013 2012 2009 2010 2007 2006 2014 2013 2008 2007 2014
Total Analyses and 2006-2016
Monthly Mean 62.9
Median 45.5
Maximum 268.7 June 2007
Decile 1 19.8
Decile 9 139.0
Annual Mean 755.3
Median 793.9
Maximum 943.3 2007

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